Covid-19: How Tech firms & health sector are working in tandem to eradicate Covid19? By Vignesh J


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Published on: May 4, 2020

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  We do not pay heed to health advice, social recommendations and tend to follow with our busy schedule unless and until an adverse event like a war or pandemic strikes. The same applies to Covid19, a dark cloud that has wrapped the entire world and locked down them in their houses. The rapid emergence of COVID-19 and its far-reaching effects is a startling wake-up call for patients and healthcare providers across the globe. Amidst travel bans, political disputes, and economic crises, countries are confronted with questions on how to maintain a sustainable healthcare system. Technology is doing a tremendous job already and will have to see how tech firms will exploit the scenario and leave an everlasting impression in guiding the health sector.     An extensive survey by the Atlantic Council showcase that the responses to the coronavirus pandemic will accelerate innovation significantly in the future of work, data and AI, trust and supply chains, and health and medicine. The experts also anticipate that the most impactful innovations in the next two-to-five years would come from developments related to data and AI as well as to health technologies. They expect innovation in the future of work and in supply chains, too, but are slightly less optimistic. “As the virus imposes heavy demands on healthcare systems, strains international supply chains, and changes the way we work, it will spur innovation in those areas,” the report’s authors state. “Likewise, as cloud infrastructure is forced to cope with increased traffic and public health professionals strive to harness massive datasets to fight the pandemic, developments in the fields of data and AI will accelerate. With changing priorities, innovation in space is likely to stagnate or at least remain unchanged. The visibility of Artificial intelligence is increasing at an alarming rate and people are understanding at what depth it can be made productive in health & pharmaceutical fields. It also helps them to clear the air of data privacy and bias concerns. Let us have a glance at some of the examples reported by Forbes.  

  • Mount Sinai Health System in New York City has partnered with Sana Labs to launch Project Florence, an AI-based personalized learning platform to enhance the skills of nurses treating COVID-19 patients. The platform is also being made available for free to hospitals around the world to improve medical response and care during the pandemic. After users complete an AI-powered adaptive assessment that measures their knowledge, the platform recommends personalized content in real-time to address individual skills gaps.
  • Qure.ai, a healthcare AI start-up created by Fractal, has developed additional capabilities for its AI-based chest X-ray automation and interpretation solution that could help reduce COVID-19 induced burden on healthcare infrastructure.
  • On the corporate scene, KPMG is applying AI approaches to rapidly analyze contractual obligations and termination clauses, as industries face supply chain delays, canceled events, and other roadblocks. KPMG also reports developing AI-based tools to supplementing employee and customer call centers to analyze and triage issues and questions. This includes deploying voice and text chatbots to field the high volume of inquiries from internal and external stakeholders. AI is also serving to boost financial forecasting, by leveraging curated external data sets and advanced analytical techniques to measuring and forecast the impact of COVID-19 on businesses.
  COVID-19 may be a tough challenge, but today’s technology is being employed in new and unforeseen ways to overcome this wily opponent. AI with the help of data analysis will help to explore a plethora of details of a citizen and in turn, assist medical society in eradicating future pandemics. A self-assessment platform gathers information on each patient, such as their age, chronic conditions and contact with coronavirus. It works to establish a complete picture of an individual’s health, determining those in need of medical attention either immediately, or shortly. Using advanced electronic health records, a clinician can then access a combined view of all the traditional clinical data as well as the new data types, perform analytics on that data, and act on those insights. The ability to predict and identify those patients most at risk limits the strain on the system while ensuring correct patients are treated in the right place, at the right time. The current wave of new consumer gadgets and the data they churn out have the potential to produce big technological breakthroughs. The demand for health gadgets will be increasing because feeling fit at one’s own home has no price in this situation. Rapid testing kits provided by various tech giants assisted in identifying the patients at a rapid rate. Also, businesses globally are facing unprecedented challenges in terms of forecasting demand from customers and the impact of COVID-19 on their overall supply chains. Demand-side can be supplemented by bringing professional services, technical account managers and Customer Reliability Engineering resources together to support, plan and react to user demand during these peak times. Also, the Media & Entertainment sector can be guided during these high-pressure situations so that psychological stability is maintained during the lockdown period. Thus, with the adverse factors acting as innovators & fuelled by changes in people’s value for family and house offline health care will be replaced by online training and home health care.  

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